October 11, 2011
Leslie Anne Miller Elected Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Trustee
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Board of Trustees has elected Leslie Anne Miller to serve as a trustee of the Foundation. Miller is an attorney in private practice specializing in alternate dispute resolution.
Miller also serves as an advisor to Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia. Miller served as general counsel for the Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel, where she led a staff of 450 attorneys representing Gov. Edward G. Rendell and 32 executive and independent agencies in litigation, transactions, regulatory, legislative and criminal matters. She was the first woman to serve as general counsel of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and also the first woman to be elected president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
“Leslie Miller brings an impressive record of professional accomplishment and a deep commitment to public service to her role as a Colonial Williamsburg trustee,” said Colin G. Campbell, president and CEO of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. “An advocate of programs that advance women and foster diversity in the legal profession and the business community, Leslie also has a strong interest in Colonial Williamsburg’s interpretive programs and collections.”
Miller is active in a wide variety of non-profit and cultural organizations. She is former chair of Mount Holyoke College’s Board of Trustees and a current trustee of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In addition, she serves on the Penn Medicine Board which administers and coordinates the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania Health System; the Free Library Foundation of Philadelphia; the Fairmount Park Conservancy; the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society; the Women’s Law Project; and the Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Council.
Her accomplishments have been recognized through numerous awards and honors including the Pennsylvania Meritorious Service Medal. Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge named her a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. She is a recipient of the Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Award, the highest honor from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, the Pink Ribbon Award of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition and Drexel University’s “Woman One” Award. Miller was inducted into the Business Women’s Hall of Fame at Temple’s Fox School of Business, named one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Women of Distinction” and one of five “Women Making History” by the National Association of Women Business Owners. Mount Holyoke College presented her with the Alumnae Medal of Honor and the Philadelphia Bar Association with the Sandra Day O’Connor Award.
Miller holds a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in political science from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. She received her law degree from the Dickinson School of Law and a master of laws degree, with honors, from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. She holds honorary degrees from Thomas Jefferson University College of Health Professions and Wilson College.
Miller and her husband Richard B. Worley, a senior trustee of Colonial Williamsburg, provided a generous gift to create the Leslie Anne Miller and Richard B. Worley Gallery within the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. They also have supported interpretive education with a focus on the Revolutionary City program. They are recognized among Colonial Williamsburg’s most generous benefactors on the Foundation’s Courtyard of Philanthropy at the Visitor Center. They reside in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.